My Amish Home: More summer just like this, please
"Blessed are ye that hunger now, for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now, for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven ..." Luke 6:21, 22, 23
Another beautiful summer day, blue skies, puffy white clouds. But wait, it's July, and the last two mornings, it was 53 degrees. On July 15, it was never really warm. So, summer? Yes, just a cool one.
As I sit here pondering on what to write, I hear summer sounds, an airplane spraying crops and a neighbor mowing our hay.
Way back in the day, the hay mower didn't have a motor, nor were four horses used to pull it. They had a sickle bar mower and used two horses.
I had to think back on my 'tween years — we lived on a rental property close to the railroad that goes through Cadwell.
In the summer (winter, too, if the snow wasn't too deep) it was my job to haul water from the well to the house, as our cistern was too small to supply all our needs, even though we didn't shower every day.
Shower?! What am I saying? The only shower we ever got was when we girls had a water fight or stood out in the rain.
We did take a bath, once a week, on Saturday night, necessary or not, in a round tub that held two buckets of water!
Anyway, our well was down the hill, in the field; the pump had an electric motor. As I was filling the milk can, I would imagine how many motors I could hear at once. An airplane would fly overhead; a train would be going; Mom would be tilling the garden; someone would be mowing the yard; Clifford Martin, who owned our place, would be working the field; and someone would drive a vehicle in the lane.
Really, I needed more things to keep me busy! I loved summer then; I love summer now. And today as I sit here writing, I so would like to be outside.
The garden needs to be weeded. I didn't get all of it done before it rained. The weeds pull so easy right now. And it's not really hot or humid, just ideal.
I ate my lunch outside at the patio table. It was too much sun for my husband. We really should have an umbrella, but that's another thing that can wait. I considered sitting out there to write, but it was just too glaring.
I went out our back door, then I realized someone had been here in our absence. The hinges for our screen door lay there on the floor. Yes! Somehow that main item was missed when our grandsons went to pick up the doors. I guess John from Milco Doors left them here when he was making another delivery. Thanks, John!
Now, if son-in-law Lloyd has time to install it, that will be great! I hope he can do it tonight, because by the next night, he will probably have hay to take care of.
Our second cutting of hay has been mowed. We won't get much, but it doesn't take a lot to feed Sparky. And it is so nice to have our own hay, so I don't have to worry about where I'm going to get some.
I do have to go out in the barn and do some rearranging to make room for the new hay. Actually, the whole barn needs cleaning up and reorganizing. And you all know how good I am at that!
All winter I kept thinking, "When it warms up, I must straighten up this place." Well, it's warm now. Now what?!
This past Sunday, we had our monthly Otto Family "night" in the afternoon. It was held at brother Melvin and Annie Ellen Otto's. We sat out in their backyard. They have it fixed up really nice with a fire ring, brick patio and everything. Something I can only dream about.
I do love these get-togethers. Family is so important to me.
In closing, life looks lovely on the outside when you are happy on the inside.
I'm sure your kids will like this homestyle macaroni dish.
Macaroni and Cheese
Servings: 4 to 6.
1 package (7 ounces) elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper; cook until bubbly.
Gradually add milk; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat.
Sprinkle with paprika if desired.